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Written Answers — Communities and Local Government: Housing: Low Incomes (8 May 2009)

Margaret Beckett: I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave to the hon. Member for Welwyn Hatfield (Grant Shapps) on 27 April 2009, Official Report, column 1119W.

Written Answers — Communities and Local Government: Housing: Low Incomes (8 May 2009)

Margaret Beckett: This information is not held centrally.

Written Answers — Communities and Local Government: Housing: Low Incomes (8 May 2009)

Margaret Beckett: The data available on purchases of HomeBuy products in each of the last three years is given in the following table. 2006-07 2007-08 2008-09 New Build HomeBuy 11,017 14,880 10,647 Social HomeBuy 47 160 99 First Time Buyers Initiative 24 818 1,025 Open Market HomeBuy 2,293 2,749 6,123 Ownhome — — 799 MyChoice HomeBuy — —...

Written Answers — Communities and Local Government: Housing: Low Incomes (8 May 2009)

Margaret Beckett: HomeBuy.co.uk is not a Government website.

Written Answers — Communities and Local Government: Housing: Low Incomes (8 May 2009)

Margaret Beckett: There are no current plans for the Communities and Local Government Department to publicise HomeBuy products directly in future years. Marketing of HomeBuy products is the responsibility of the HomeBuy Agents.

Written Answers — Communities and Local Government: Mortgages (8 May 2009)

Margaret Beckett: Santander (including Abbey and Alliance and Leicester), Nationwide, HSBC and Barclays (including First Plus) have confirmed they will now be offering comparable arrangements to Homeowners Mortgage Support to their customers, while opting not to take up the Government guarantee. Customers of these institutions experiencing a reduction in income and willing to make regular monthly repayments...

Written Answers — Communities and Local Government: Mortgages: Government Assistance (8 May 2009)

Margaret Beckett: The Government Mortgage Rescue scheme has only been operational across the country since 1 January 2009, following successful 'fast tracking' by 80 local authorities in December 2008. The scheme is one part of a comprehensive package of measures to help households at risk of repossession. Based on the January-March 2009 monitoring returns, 452 households had applied for and were being...

Written Answers — Communities and Local Government: Mortgages: Government Assistance (8 May 2009)

Margaret Beckett: The regional property price caps for the Mortgage Rescue Scheme have been reviewed and amended on the basis of feedback from delivery partners and early monitoring information. The changes, which are effective from 1 May 2009, are as follows: £ Region Original property price cap Revised property price cap East 190,000 200,000 East Midlands 145,000 155,000 ...

Written Answers — Communities and Local Government: Mortgages: Government Assistance (8 May 2009)

Margaret Beckett: To be eligible for Homeowners Mortgage Support, households need to have been making regular payments, but not necessarily in full, in agreement with their lender for at least five months. This demonstrates that the borrower is able to continue to make ongoing payments at a reduced level before entering the scheme, and provides an opportunity for other forbearance options to be considered...

Written Answers — Communities and Local Government: Mortgages: Government Assistance (8 May 2009)

Margaret Beckett: The Impact Assessment for Homeowners Mortgage Support (HMS) was published on Tuesday 21 April and is available at: http://www.communities.gov.uk/publications/housing/mortgages upportimpactassessment We estimate that the total cost of HMS over eight years will be £44 million (present value). This is based on a central estimate that around 42,000 households could join HMS (assuming the...

Written Answers — Communities and Local Government: National Housing and Planning Advice Unit (8 May 2009)

Margaret Beckett: The NHPAU will be publishing summaries of Board discussions and outcomes of meetings on its website on Friday 8 May 2009. The published summaries will be for the period from February 2008 onwards. Summaries of future discussions will appear shortly after each monthly Board meeting and will appear on the NHPAU website.

Written Answers — Communities and Local Government: Regional Planning and Development: Thames Gateway (8 May 2009)

Margaret Beckett: Progress in the delivery of the Thames Gateway Delivery Plan is set out in the Thames Gateway annual report. The 2007-08 annual report was published in July 2008. The 2008-09 annual report will be published this summer.

Written Answers — Communities and Local Government: Housing: Low Incomes (7 May 2009)

Margaret Beckett: The following table shows the number of Social HomeBuy sales in each local authority area between April 2006 and March 2009. Social HomeBuy is a voluntary and demand-led scheme in which only some social landlords chose to participate. It is one of a suite of options designed to help social tenants into home ownership. Purchasers can buy shares of between 25 and 100 per cent. Social...

Written Answers — Communities and Local Government: Conveyancing: Fees and Charges (6 May 2009)

Margaret Beckett: The Department holds information on those local authorities who made available information on the fees charged for local inquiries (CON29) search of 1 April 2007, which showed that the average fee charged for a CON29 search was £114 and ranged from £28 to £244. We are currently collecting data on the fees charged by local authorities as of 1 April 2009 following the...

Written Answers — Communities and Local Government: Eco-Towns: Marston Vale (6 May 2009)

Margaret Beckett: The promoters of Marston Vale eco-town withdrew their proposals in early February 2009 and are no longer part of the Eco-towns Programme. Therefore they were not included in the Financial Viability Study of the Eco-towns Programme which we published on 5 March 2009.

Written Answers — Communities and Local Government: Eco-Towns: Public Consultation (6 May 2009)

Margaret Beckett: The consultation on the eco-towns programme, including the draft Planning Policy Statement closed on 30 April 2009. Following our review of the consultation responses we will publish a Government response together with consultation summary report of responses received, including a list of organisations that responded to the consultation.

Written Answers — Communities and Local Government: Homes and Communities Agency: Finance (6 May 2009)

Margaret Beckett: The Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) inherited running costs budgets of £86 million per annum from its predecessor bodies. Obviously with the publication of the Operational Efficiency Programme on 21 April, my Department in conjunction with its arms length bodies, is currently reviewing the scope for making further operational efficiency savings in the current spending period. Budgets...

Written Answers — Communities and Local Government: Homes and Communities Agency: Finance (6 May 2009)

Margaret Beckett: The allocation of grant funding is dependent on the bids submitted by local authorities. Likewise the number of homes delivered will depend on the details of the bids submitted, for example whether they are flats or houses.

Written Answers — Communities and Local Government: Homes and Communities Agency: Finance (6 May 2009)

Margaret Beckett: The Homes and Communities Agency and its predecessor body, the Housing Corporation, spent £160,000 on producing its Affordable Housing Survey. There were no hard copies produced of the report; it is freely and publicly available on the Homes and Communities website at: www.homesandcommunities.co.uk

Written Answers — Communities and Local Government: Housing Market (6 May 2009)

Margaret Beckett: The membership and terms of reference of the "Working Group on Condition Information in the Home Buying and Selling Process" are available on the CLG website at: www.communities.gov.uk/housing/buyingselling/homeconditionwo rkinggroup There is no requirement on the members of the working group to declare political activity.


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